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Employment Law Advice

We offer a specialist employment law advice service at the Law Centre.  


Trust for LondonThe service is funded by Trust for London.  


You can have a free initial assessment on several issues including the more common problems:


  • Disputes over wages.
  •  Your rights when your employer changes.
  •  Settlement or compromise agreements.
  • Your rights if you have been made (or are about to be made) redundant.
  • Less favourable treatment in the workplace because of your race, religion, disability, gender, pregnancy etc.
  • Your request for time off or flexible working has been refused.
  • Your fixed term contract has ended but the job is still needed.
  • You are facing disciplinary proceedings or have already been dismissed.
  • Your job is at risk because of long term sickness, personal injury, or poor performance/capability.
  • Employer failing to act on your grievance or follow any standard disciplinary procedures.
  • Agency and umbrella contract workers who have problems with contracts including holidays and overtime?
  • You want to make (or have already made) an Employment Tribunal claim.
  • You face victimisation or harassment following something you did.

Please download our employment law service information leaflet.

Hackney Community Law Centre is resuming its Wednesday morning employment law advice clinic.  The service is currently staffed by a qualified employment solicitor but may, on occasions, be staffed by other suitably qualified individuals.  The service runs on a first come first seen basis and aims to start at 9.30 a.m. until 12.00 p.m.   A decision may be made on the day to limit attendances to the first 6 – 7 persons depending on the resources available.   If making a special journey, please check ahead that the service will be available as the adviser may be away at certain times. 


The advice aspect of the service is sponsored by Trust for London and is therefore free to attendees.   Please note that the service is under-resourced and so actual work such as drafting documents/letters and forms will NOT be carried out.  Useful guidance may be given where we feel able to assist.   The service is also not ideal for answering technical questions on matters currently progressing through litigation at employment tribunals.  This protects you from being given information under pressure that may, on reflection, not be the best for you at the time.


In order to make the service sustainable we are now charging fees for some aspects of our work.  Those with settlement or compromise agreements should already have a fee included for their advice, paid by their employer. 


The Law Centre abides by the provisions in the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  This means your information will not be shared with third parties and we have to request your permission to keep your data in advance of you receiving advice from us.  


The service is not for those speculating on their options.  It is also not professional of us to offer advice or comment on another practitioner’s work.  If your matter is already under management of another advice service, we are not going to be able to offer review of a fellow professional’s work.  This is strictly prohibited in the legal profession.


If you choose to attend the service, be advised that you need to leave sufficient time as persons being seen are usually unlikely to keep strictly to the 25 minutes set for the session.  The reception is not responsible for the time taken by others, and the Law Centre is their place of work. 


Any essential deadlines remain the responsibility of attendees.


ACAS  - 0300 123 1100 offers free and confidential advice.  They also have a very good website: www.acas.org.uk.  The website has information packs and template letters that are free and easy to download and customize for your use.


Maternity Action – www.maternityaction.org.uk  An excellent website for women experiencing problems at work that are or maybe related to their pregnancy or maternity rights.  Helpline 0207 253 2288


www.gov.uk – useful government website in general and also on Welfare Benefits – particularly good resource for Employment Tribunal cases now available to read online. The site also has a link for submitting claims to the Employment Tribunal.


Hackney Services

Toynbee Hall: Long-standing free advice providers in London’s east end. 



Duncan Lewis Solicitors – free advice (once only) on Tuesdays from 5.30 – 7.30 p.m. at 1 Kingsland High Road, Dalston, London E8 2JS.  Take any paperwork you think relative and queue from 5.30 p.m.  Attendees are seen on a first come, first seen basis. 


Tower Hamlets Law Centre

They offer free face to face advice on alternative Monday evenings from their offices.  Phone ahead to check schedule.  0207 538 4909.  They are based at 789 Commercial Road, London E14 7HG. 


Legal Advice Centre – Bethnal Green

104 Roman Road, Globe Town, London, E2 0RN.  May attend tribunals if you have legal expenses insurance cover.


Dowse & Co Solicitors - 23 – 25 Dalston Lane, Hackney, E8 – 0207 254 6205


Monaco Solicitors are employment law specialists who have a web based form prospective clients can complete for first level triage.  www.monacosolicitors.co.uk  


ELIPS – Employment Litigants in Person Scheme.

Victory House – 30 – 34 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6EX.  This very useful services support those who are already litigating and have direct questions to put to a professional.  It is necessary to take your papers with you and queue.  The service is staffed by qualified barristers and solicitors and only runs on Thursdays from the Tribunal.  It is free for short direct queries, but priority will be given to persons who actually have cases being heard on the day.


BPP Law School run an excellent telephone advice line for employment law related issues.  Clients can call the line at any time and leave a message with their name and number.  Student volunteers then call them back to gather some basic information.  This information is then referred onto a volunteer employment lawyer who calls the client back to give some advice on Tuesday evenings between 6.30-8pm.  The telephone advice line number is: 020 7633 4534.  Download a poster with more information HERE


BPP also offer a ‘Tribunal Friends’ service where BPP law students attend tribunal hearings with litigants in person or those with lay representatives to assist them by taking notes of the hearing and providing administrative and moral support. Students volunteer on a case by case basis.  The benefits to the students include not only witnessing a hearing but they also see litigation from the perspective of a litigant in person and how that can impact on the proceedings.  For the claimant, they can feel at ease knowing that someone is sitting alongside them, helping them to take a full note of the hearing enabling the claimant to fully focus on the questions posed and the evidence presented by the respondent. No legal advice or representation is given.